Rose Adams animal abuse case finally ends with an out-of-court settlement

- Protestors gathered at the Edmonds Municipal Court in May 2013 when animal abuse charges were filed against Rose Adams and George Beutler.

Protestors gathered at the Edmonds Municipal Court in May 2013 when animal abuse charges were filed against Rose Adams and George Beutler.

After more than two years, a string of court appearances, a litany of appeals and continuances, and a laundry list of charges filed and dismissed, the Rose Adams case has at last resolved out of court thanks to an agreement between the prosecutor and Adams’ legal team.

Edmonds Municipal Court Judge Doug Fair signed the orders Friday morning accepting the agreement.

According to Fair, Friday’s agreement “dismisses all pending cases against Ms. Adams” stemming from the seizure of 14 dogs at her residence in May 2013.

Rose Adams takes the stand in her own defense at her jury trial in February 2014.

Rose Adams takes the stand in her own defense at her jury trial in February 2014.

Had the settlement not been reached, Adams would have been re-tried on two counts of animal abuse, tentatively scheduled for this month.

For her part, Adams has agreed to dismiss the pending appeal of her February 2014 conviction for exceeding the maximum number of animals at her residence, and has agreed to pay the costs of housing the dogs seized at her home in May 2013.

Both parties signed an order releasing the remaining dogs held by the city to a third party. Given the notoriety of this case, My Edmonds News is not identifying the third party.

Rose Adams and George Beutler hold hands at their May 2013 arraignment.

Rose Adams and George Beutler hold hands at their May 2013 arraignment.

Adams’ first trial was filled with emotional testimony, graphic photos and disturbing videos showing alleged animal abuse at her home. After weighing the evidence, the jury found her boyfriend George Beutler not guilty of animal abuse, but deadlocked on the abuse charges against Adams. The jury did, however, convict her of possessing too many animals. For this, Judge Fair sentenced her to 16 days in jail, $630 in fines, and to not possess or have any animals under her control for two years.

Edmonds Animal Control officer Tabatha Shoemake presents photographic evidence at the Adams/Beutler jury trial in February 2014.

Edmonds Animal Control officer Tabatha Shoemake presents photographic evidence at the Adams/Beutler jury trial in February 2014.

“The too many dogs appeal has been dismissed so it will stand as a conviction,” said Judge Fair.  “All of her current cases have been resolved and she has no further court appearances.  She will only be back in court if she violates her probation on the too many dogs case (i.e., to not possess or have under her control any animals for two years) or has new charges.”

–Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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